John L. Thornton

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John Lawson Thornton
Born 1954 (age 60–61)[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard College (B.A.)
Oxford University (B.J., M.J.)
Yale University (M.A.)

John Lawson Thornton (born January 2, 1954) is a Professor and Director of Global Leadership at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is a former President and Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs.

In 1983, Thornton founded and developed Goldman Sachs' European mergers and acquisitions business. He served as co-CEO of Goldman Sachs International in London from 1995 to 1996. Thornton was Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia from 1996 to 1998, where he expanded the firm's regional franchise during the Asian financial crisis.

Thornton serves in the board of Barrick Gold, Intel, Pacific Century Group, Ford Motor Company, China Netcom. He is also Chairman of the Board of The Brookings Institution.

Early life and education[edit]

Thornton graduated from the Hotchkiss School, a prestigious boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut. .

In 1976, Thornton earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College. He studied law at Oxford, and in 1978, received a bachelor's and master's degrees in Jurisprudence and later in 1980, a M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.[1]


Thornton currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the board of Barrick Gold. Thornton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he serves as trustee or advisory board member for a wide range of organizations, including the Asia Society, China Institute, China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Eisenhower Fellowships, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, The Hotchkiss School, International Advisory Committee of the China Reform Forum, Morehouse College, National Committee on United States-China Relations, Nelson Mandela Legacy Foundation (US), Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Beijing), the Yale School of Management [2] and Co-Chairs the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.[3][4]

In 2006, Thornton funded the establishment of the John L. Thornton China Center at the The Brookings Institution.[5]

In 2009, he also became a member of the International Advisory Council of the Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation.[6]

He is the former President of the Hotchkiss School Board of Trustees.


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